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Chinese Singer Headlines Mississippi College Concert

July 10, 2013

A rising star as a singer and music instructor at Minzu University of China, Zhao Na will be the headliner at a Mississippi College concert on July 16.

The free concert on the Clinton campus is open to music lovers all over Central Mississippi. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. in Aven Hall.

“This will be a very unique treat for metro Jackson,’’ says Mei-Chi Piletz, director of the Mississippi College Office of Global Education.

Born and raised in Inner Mongolia, Zhao “Anna’’ Na will perform a variety of Chinese songs, including Mongolian folk tunes with her three students taking classes at MC’s Intensive English Program as well as courses at the Christian university’s Music Department.

Miss Zhao Na has been saluted in China as “the voice of the Grassland.’’ The talented vocalist was a recent guest on the CNLive program in China to tout her latest release “Cheer for My Country.’’ Her new CD is titled “The Dream of the Grassland.’’

Earlier this year, Mississippi College leaders signed a memo of understanding with  Minzu University that’s located in a western suburb of Beijing. Under the agreement, Minzu students will study aboard on the Clinton campus.

The concert is sponsored by the MC Office of Global Education and the Department of Music.

The Tuesday night performance at the Williams Recital Hall promises to be a wonderful opportunity for  students at  metro Jackson colleges, and area residents to see one of China’s most vibrant young singers, Piletz said.

For more information, contact the Department of Music at 601-925-3440 or the Office of Global Education at 601-925-7700.

Photo: Chinese singer Zhao Na